Clemens, John Peter

CLEMENS – John Peter Clemens, March 25, 1924 – March 30, 2013. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Peter, beloved husband of Doris, father of Jan, Dave (Odette), Ger, Richard, Molly (Lawrence Thompson), Jim and Donna (Normand Bisson). Grandfather to 15 grandchildren, great-grandfather known as “Papa” to 9 great-grandchildren. Dad was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA to John and Tressa Clemens March 25, 1924. Dad lost both his parents at a very young age. He had 5 sisters and 2 brothers, all have predeceased him. Dad
worked many different jobs over the next few years. On January 6, 1943 he joined RCAF and was an amazing electrician. Dad met the love of his life, our Mom, Doris Rae Smith of Wellwood (Carberry).
They married on July 8, 1950. Dad always called Mom “Dote” in a very loving way. From this marriage they raised 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters, whom he loved very much. While in the forces they travelled all over Canada. Dad retired from the forces as a Master Warrant Officer in 1977. The family settled in Rivers, MB in 1977. Dad started his own business J.P.C Electric. While doing some of the jobs he quite often took some of the boys with him to help but also even the girls. Dad
fully retired around the 1980’s. Dad had a lot of passions in his life – Number 1 was his faith in God. Dad knew the Bible inside out. He taught his children the
great love of Our Lord and Savior. Dad instilled the love of music in all his children, taught them to play the guitar and sing a lot of the older songs that he grew up with. Dad taught himself to play when he was only 8-years-old. Some of the highlights of his singing family were many: Appearing on the TV show The Co-op Hour, singing on the radio and TV talent shows and entertaining at many different care homes for the residents. Dad also was playing with the Twilighters of Souris, the Legare Band, he also played and sang at Music In The Park in Souris. Dad also enjoyed swimming, camping, cards. Dad had many friends, too many to mention them all. They are not forgotten, you all know who you are. Dad’s last few days on this earth were spent with his family surrounding him singing two evenings in a row.
Dad your family misses you
and love you dearly.
Dad you left a legacy of music
to your family and everyone
who knew you.
You were always there
when we needed you,
No task too great or small.
With a loving heart
and willing hand
for us you did them all.
Thanks for the years
you gave us
For the time we shared
You will never
be forgotten Dad,
Because in our hearts
You’re always there.
God made a father
so loving and kind,
and we had the honor
of calling him ours.
It only takes a little space
to write how much we miss you,
but it will take the rest of our
lives to forget the day
we lost you.


4 thoughts on “Clemens, John Peter”

  1. My sympathy to the family on the loss of your husband,father and grandfather. I will miss seeing him walking in the halls of Crescent Manor.
    May he rest in peace. Dorothy in Mesa Arizona.

  2. We are sending our condolences to Jan and family and siblings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    From the Lariviere family, from Rivers

  3. We are very sorry for your loss.John will always be remembered in our family.He was a great musician and we enjoyed listening to him sing and play.I am sure he is singing in the choir in heaven.

  4. I would like to send my condolences to the Clemens family, many cherished memories. My thoughts and prayers go out the the family. Jennifer McKinnon (Yorkton, SK)

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